FIDM Library

Not your typical college library

The FIDM Library is one of the largest specialized fashion libraries in the United States. Besides its vast collection of books, periodicals, and trade publications, the Library is noted for its Textile Design & Research and Textile & Materials rooms, both of which give students exclusive access to materials and industry resources. In addition, FIDM alumni, industry researchers and scholars may visit any FIDM Library by appointment. For more information, the FIDM Library can be reached by phone or email using our Ask the Librarian page.

Books

The vast collection of print and electronic titles encompasses all subject areas, with emphasis on fashion, business and marketing, interior design, retailing, and costumes.

Periodicals

The Library subscribes to over 200 magazines and trade publications, including editions of Vogue from 12 countries, including Korea, India, Japan, Russia and Brazil. In addition to fashion magazines, we have publications for industries such as footwear, beauty, textiles, jewelry and interior design.

Visionaire

Visionaire is published three or four times a year, each issue featuring artists, designers and photographers who are invited to interpret a theme. Each issue is hand-numbered and released as a collector's item. For more, see www.visionaireworld.com

Newspaper Clipping Files

The Library maintains an archive of newspaper and magazine articles covering the fashion industry from about 1975 to today.

Fashion Trend Reports

The Library subscribes to more than forty trend forecasting services, special industry publications that help readers understand the direction of design and consumer behavior.

Visual Presentation Materials

The Library maintains a selection of visual presentation materials (e.g., catalogs of props, mannequins, store fixtures, etc) used in a variety of creative industries, including retail and entertainment.

Special Collections

Special Collections houses 19th and 20th century fashion and interior design periodicals, unique and out-of-print books, original fashion sketches, and material on the California apparel industry.

Media Library

This collection features well over 5,000 videos, DVDs, slides, audiotapes, CD-ROMs, film strips, and transparencies. Most popular are the current collections of influential fashion designers featured in a video magazine format.

Textiles & Design Research

Each campus library provides a variety of resources offering students practical experience with the tools and materials they will use as professionals, including innovative materials (e.g., bamboo, coffee, milk proteins, etc), draping fabrics and forms, and an extensive collection of fabric swatches, trims and findings for projects. Availability will vary by campus.

Research Databases

The FIDM Library subscribes to several online databases that support the program majors FIDM offers, including trend forecasting services like: Stylesight, WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) and Doneger Creative Services, as well as online industry news resources like Women's Wear Daily (WWD) and California Apparel News.

Library Hours


  Los Angeles San Francisco Orange County San Diego
Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. –
10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. –
8:45 p.m.
8:30 a.m. –
7:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. –
6:30 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. –
7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. –
5:45 p.m.
9:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. –
4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. –
6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. –
3:00 p.m.
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